The potlatch ceremony traditionally centers on gift-giving. It remains an important tradition for coastal tribes in the Pacific Northwest, Canada and Alaska. It’s meant as a way to show generosity, promote cooperation, and strengthen social bonds. The practice survived a nearly century-long ban by the government of Canada trying to force assimilation of Indigenous people. We’ll explore how potlatch has evolved over the years and how it fits in with modern culture.
Bill Cranmer (Namgis First Nation) – chief of the ‘Namgis First Nation, chair of the board of directors for the U’mista Cultural Centre
Andy Everson (K’ómoks) – artist, cultural leader
Break Music: Dancin’ on the Run (song) Inez (artist) Burn Me Down (album)